Style: Barrel-Aged Flavored Stout
Founders Brewing Company Lizard of Koz
What the brewers say
“Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki wanted to make the birthday of his little sister, Liz, a special one. So he brewed a stout using a few of her favorite ingredients: fresh Michigan blueberries, rich chocolate, and vanilla aged in bourbon barrels.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “The first impression is a raspberry/cherry cream sorbet. Fairly strong vanilla, sweet and chocolaty, with a touch of coffee roast. Roasted malt, booze barrel, dried fruit, coconut, and alcohol. A bit of fruity esters, and no hops aroma. Like chocolate malted-milk balls.”
Flavor: “Creamy chocolate notes blend with the vanilla from the barrel. Very sweet, fruity, and estery, and the berry flavor lingers long into the aftertaste. It’s like sweet chocolate-covered tart cherries. Faint roast malt is buried under the berry cream soda.”
Overall: “From taste alone, I’d have guessed this was more of a light, fruity beer. The blend of berries, oak, and stout work pretty well together, but the cloying sweetness and vanilla might be a little over the top. The dark fruits and coconut in the aroma are mostly missing from the flavor, drowned out by tart berry flavors.”
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